Re: Signal vs. Noise LO2789

John D. Smith (smith_jd@WIZARD.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 12:57:41 -0600

Replying to LO2729 --

If we are going to appeal to biological models to think about creative
processes in an organization, such as the following satement by Peter von
Stackelberg (several others have been offered in this thread of LO):

>Crossover (a genetic algorithm's version of sexual reproduction) is a key
>mechanism. The fusion of genetic structures in which the length of the
>genetic description increases is another mechanism.

THEN, it seems to me that we have to accept _suppression_ as a creative or
at least an evolutionary technique. Certainly we've all heard about how
long strings of DNA are suppressed; how, presumably, suppression of a
string of DNA is "positive"; how suppression can "preserve" a string of
DNA that could be expressed in a later generation...

Aren't we all too LIBERAL to accept organizational suppression as

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